September 17, 2018
For many business owners, September tends to bring a bit of a slowdown. The chaos of getting kids prepared for going back to school has passed, and a focus on saving money tends to kick in as people prepare for the coming holiday spend. Combined, this can often translate into a lull for business owners.
Take advantage of September slow time to tackle these tasks:
Clean it up— Keeping your business clean and presentable to the public is a big part of maintaining a strong brand presence. Divide chores among staff during slow periods to keep everyone busy…and your business spotless.
Organize and restock—Organize storage areas, recycle unwanted goods and donate gently used items. Purging is good for the soul…and helps you stay organized and efficient.
Perform a filing flush and software updates. It’s always when you are the busiest that you can’t find that needed file or you experience a system crash. Periodic system updates and file purging can help avoid these situations. Take time to clean out electronic files and update software to keep operations running smoothly for everyone.
Plan your holiday marketing strategy. Research ideas for amping up your holiday sales. Meet with designers to start developing your holiday social media, digital and print campaigns. If you also host a party for staff and/or the community, start mapping that out as well and book needed vendors.
If you experience a September slowdown, make good use of this down time to enhance business processes, keep your staff busy, and plan for upcoming events. An organized and well-run business is good for the soul…and for the bottom line.
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This tax season is an important one for many business owners because it’s the first that will be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). How big of an impact is dependent on your unique situation. We’ve compiled this short list of provisions that may affect the business community:
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According to Forbes.com, Super Bowl viewers traditionally load up on millions of pounds of less-than-healthy foods during the big game—including ribs, pulled pork, tortilla chips, nuts, popcorn and bacon—all washed down with beer (the Super Bowl beverage of choice). If you are trying to stick to your New Year’s resolution to eat better, consider a few healthy substitutes for the traditional Super Bowl eats: